So I Just Discovered A ‘Secret’ Town With Only 2000 People. And It’s Unbelievable.

There’s an extremely good chance that you’ve never heard of Alderney Island. That’s because it’s a tiny paradise located in the English Channel. There’s less than 2,000 people living on it and they must be keeping it a secret, because it’s beautiful. These pictures were taken by local photographers and it’s all you’ll need to see to be convinced to visit this unique getaway.

Alderney is the third largest of the Channel Islands.

You probably didn’t realize there were even islands in the English Channel…

The little islands are scattered throughout the channel like little private paradises.

Alderney in particular is only 1.5 miles long and 3.5 miles wide.

What it lacks in size…

It makes up for in beauty.

And also the friendly attitude of its inhabitants.

Yes, this is the UK’s neighbor.

“So close. So different.”

Alderney has its own government and finance sector.

You don’t have to travel far from the UK to find paradise.

Because of its location, the island has a mild climate.

If you haven’t packed your bags yet…

You probably should.

The seasons still change on Alderney, but it’s much easier to deal with when you live on an island.

Alderney is also called “lapins,” after the many wild bunnies that can be seen on the island.

St. Anne, the main town, is rustic and beautiful, complete with a large church and cobbled streets.

An old and beautiful town, gorgeous coasts, mild weather AND bunnies? I’m sold. Visit the island’s website for more information!

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After Seeing This, I Don’t Know Whether To Feel Small And Insignificant. Or Extremely Lucky.

A user on Reddit came up with a fantastic idea. They Photoshopped all of our solar system’s planets into the sky, appearing as if they were as far away from Earth as the Moon. The result is absolutely fascinating (and a little bit terrifying). This is what it would look like to live on an alien planet. Wow.

The Moon

Mercury

Venus

Mars

Jupiter

Saturn

Neptune

Uranus

Too bad Pluto is missing out on all of this fun (R.I.P).

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Wow, Earth… You’re Looking Really Hot… Call Me Sometime ;)

While going about our busy lives, it’s easy forget the fact that this planet we live on is SUPER GORGEOUS. In fact, after just looking at handful of the natural beauty Earth has produced, I’m convinced that aliens definitely don’t exist…or if they do, they’re very dumb for not trying to steal this amazing place from us. I mean, just look at what they’re missing out on.

Los Acros in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada

The Pink Wall in Rattlesnake Canyon, Utah

Inverewe Gardens in Scotland

Glacier National Park in Montana

Atacama Desert in Chili

Lake Natron in Tanzania

Mountains in Norway

Smokey Mountains in North Carolina

Mountains near Thule Air Base in Greenland

Patagonia in Argentina

(via: Reddit)

OK, don’t get jealous, aliens. Please don’t attack us! We can share! There’s plenty of gorgeousness to go around.

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A Father Made His Son A Prosthetic Hand, Using A 3D Printer. Epic Win.

Three years ago, Paul McCarthy began searching for an inexpensive yet functional prosthetic hand for his son Leon, who was born without fingers on one of his hands.

After coming across a video online with detailed instructions on how to use a 3D printer to specifically create prosthetic hands, he had a brilliant idea. This dad decided to create a custom hand that would eventually help his son with little things we normally take for granted, like picking up a water bottle or riding a bike.

(Source: CBS Evening News)

A normal prosthesis would have cost the family in upwards of $30,000, but Mr. McCarthy says the 3D printed hand cost him $5-$10 to create.

That cheap cost will easily allow the pair to experiment with different designs and change the size of the prosthetic as Leon grows older.

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Here Are 10 Points In The World Where Major Bodies Of Water Join Together… And They’re So Awesome.

A confluence is a geography term used to describe when two or more bodies of water meet. It usually used to refer to the point where two or more streams flow together, merging and creating a single stream. But it can also be where a tributary joins a larger river, as is the case in these ten examples below. These pictures of river confluence really show off the amazing contrast in color as two different rivers meet. In most of these examples it’s due to a wider, slower river that can carry more silt colliding with one that runs quicker, making them carry different types of earth. But in the case of the Jialing river in China, it’s due to human pollution.

1) Confluence of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers in Lytton, BC, Canada.

2) Confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA.

3) Confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers at Cairo, IL, USA.

4) Confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi Rivers in Devprayag, India.

5) Confluence of the Rio Negro and the Rio Solimoes near Manaus, Brazil.

6) Confluence of the Jialing and Yangtze Rivers in Chongqing, China

7) Confluence of the Mosel and Rhine Rivers in Koblenz, Germany.

8) Confluence of the Drava and Danuve Rivers near Osijek, Croatia.

9) Painting of the confluence of the Ilz, Danube, and Inn Rivers in Passau, Germany

10) Confluence of the Rhone and Arve Rivers in Geneva, Switzerland.

Interestingly the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, was founded in 1857 at the confluence of the Gombak and Klang rivers. In English, the name literally means “muddy confluence”. Today, the confluence there isn’t very noticeable. Source: reddit Share these colliding rivers with your friends below.

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These 24 Awesome Facts About Space Will Blow You Away.

Planet Earth, our home, seems plenty big to most people living on it. It’s full of mysteries, unknown creatures, and history that we have yet to discover. Even though Earth is immense, it’s nothing compared to some of the giants in our solar system, our galaxy and the entire universe. Most people are drawn to learning more about space because of how alien and massive it is. Even if you know a lot of trivia about the universe, we’re willing to bet you didn’t know some of these strange and interesting facts. I was in awe of everything around me after reading this, even if it did make me feel insignificant and small.

1.) One spoonful of matter from a neutron star would weigh about 1 billion tons.

2.) Beyond Neptune, there may be an unknown object as big as the Earth orbiting the Sun.

3.) One day on Venus is longer than one year.

4.) One photon takes about 170,000 years to travel from the sun’s core to the surface.

5.) That same photon only takes 8 minutes to travel from the sun to your eyes.

6.) If you could compress Earth to the size of a marble, it would collapse on itself and become a black hole.

7.) 33 light years away, there is a planet that is completely covered in burning ice.

8.) An estimated 275 million stars are born every day.

9.) There’s a gas cloud in the Aquila constellation that contains enough alcohol to make 400 trillion pints of beer. Cheers!

10.) The Voyager 1 is the most distant human-made object we have ever sent into space.

11.) Astronauts claim that being in space smells like seared steak, hot metal, and welding fumes.

12.) And according to researchers, the center of our galaxy tastes like raspberries and smells like rum.

13.) The Milky Way has 4 spiral arms and not 2 (which is how its depicted often in pop culture).

14.) Every year, the moon moves about 3.8cm away from the Earth.

15.) There’s more than 8,000 pieces of space junk floating around the Earth.

16.) Every century, the Earth’s rotation slows about 17 milliseconds.

17.) The Voyager 1 captured this photo. The circled dot is the Earth. It is the most distant image we have ever seen of our own planet.

18.) The Olympus Mons, the largest mountain on Mars, completely dwarfs Mount Everest.

19.) It’s also so wide, if you were standing at its base, the mountain would seem to stretch out past the horizon.

20.) The sun makes up 99% of the mass of our solar system.

21.) There is a diamond planet in our galaxy that is bigger than Earth.

22.) When you cry in space, the tears just stick to your eyes and face.

23.) On planet HD189733b, shards of glass rain down from the sky – sideways.

24.) If you could fit Saturn into a bathtub filled with water, it would float.

(H/T: Izismile) These facts are the kinds of things that more people should know. We live in an almost-magical universe, a giant secret that is just waiting to be revealed. Spread the knowledge by clicking the Share button below. This information is just too good to keep to yourself.

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You Know Animals Are Awesome, But Animal Astronauts Are Out Of This World.

We’ve all heard stories of animal heroes, but what about animals that were true pioneers? Did you know that the first astronauts were actually cuddly little animals? It’s true! Scientists were afraid of the effects of space travel would be hazardous to humans, so they sent animals up instead. Here are some of the brave animals who made giant leaps for humankind.

Unfortunately, the majority of the animals sent into space didn’t have a safe journey back home. RIP brave animal astronauts!

This weird obsession with lobbing animals at the sky started in 1783 when the Montgolfier Brothers invented the hot air balloon.

Instead of putting a convicted criminal in the balloon during its first public test flight like the king wanted, the brothers instead gathered a ragtag team of a sheep, a duck and a rooster. The animals never left the Earth’s atmosphere, but man was it adorable.

The first living creatures to actually enter outer space were two fruit flies in 1947.

There were shot up 68 miles into the atmosphere in a captured Nazi V-2 and actually survived the landing.

In 1949 Albert I the rhesus monkey became the first mammal to leave the planet.

Unfortunately, unlike his fruit fly predecessors, Albert suffocated and died while in flight.

It was actually Albert II, another rhesus monkey who passed the Karmin line, which is the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and space.

This Albert survived the flight, but unfortunately his died during his descent back to Earth due to a parachute malfunction. So sad.

The first monkey to survive the trip to space was named Yorick.

In 1951 Yorick, who was also called Albert IV, did what the three Alberts before him couldn’t do and was launched into space with fuzzy crew of 11 mice and returned back to Earth without a scratch.

Laika the terrier-husky mix, seen here at the controls of her vessel, became the first animal to orbit the Earth in 1957.

Unfortunately her Soviet Sputnik mission was intended to be a suicide mission. The Russians were to feed her poisoned food after a couple days so she wouldn’t starve to death up there, but never got the chance—she was killed by the extreme heat of her own engines.

In 1959 the Soviets launched to more dogs up into space, along with a rabbit named Marfusha, because I guess why not?

The three survived and based on this picture I like to think they hung out a lot afterwards.

Ham the chimpanzee made a historic flight in 1961.

The little guy flew 157 miles into the air, and his survival opened the door of possibility for human space travel.

The French feline, Felicette was the first cat to reach space in 1963.

She was trained to sit in that harness for the remainder of her flight, which sounds impressive to anyone who has ever tried to make any cat ever sit still.

In 1968 the Soviets shot a couple of turtles around the moon.

The Soviets never named the tortoises, which is annoying because the name Gamera is sitting right there!

 Thanks animals! Your contributions to science will not be forgotten. You are the true guardians of the galaxy.

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What’s Stacked Up In A Pile In The Grand Canyon Is Seriously Crazy. How Is This Possible?

Think of everyone that is currently alive on Earth. That is 7.2 billion people. We have caused wars, climate change and countless other large-scale events. Now, what do you think 7.2 billion people would look like all in one place. (You would think a race capable of doing such important things would look pretty impressive.) The Vsauce video channel decided to do an experiment and estimate what the world’s population would look like all in one place like the Grand Canyon. The result was not what we expected.

The 7.2 BILLION people on Earth would only form this small pile in the Grand Canyon.

Billions of people don’t even come close to filling the Grand Canyon. In fact, the world’s population only creates a small pile. If you took all of humanity throughout history (an estimated 106 billion) and put them in the Grand Canyon, it would only make 15 piles across the landmark and wouldn’t even fill it completely. The graphic is based on data visualization blogger Eesmyal Santos-Brault ’s work. If this fun fact interested you, then watch How Many Things Are There on the Vsauce YouTube channel. Your brain will hurt after this.

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What Did Scientists Do Before Cameras? They Drew Their Specimens Of Course.

Scientists didn’t always have fancy cameras. Capturing an image of their specimens or experiments used to be a huge ordeal. Before the modern era, scientists were also artists. They illustrated what they saw in the wild or in the laboratory. 

Most scientists nowadays are probably happy they don’t need to double major in art. It is fascinating though to imagine a scientist working for hours and hours on pictures for their next book or publication. Here are a few of our favorite old school science drawings. 

Animal species through time. From Popular Science Monthly, September 1905.

Moths from the early 1900’s.

Some mushrooms from 1855.

Majestic falcon from a book documenting the birds of Germany.

Watch out! From the mid 1700’s.

Illustration from a turn of the century encyclopedia.

I do not want to step on these mushrooms. From 1895.

The principle lymph vessels, 1969.

Before space photography.

A subtle bit of nature from 1925.

Whoa. From 1849.

From a book about the history of cranes, 1881.

Beautiful illustration from 1921.

Diagram from the early 1800’s.

Frogs in the South Pacific, 1923.

Reptile blood vessels, 1869.

More mushrooms because why not. From 1822.

Sketches of animal history from the early 1800’s.

Beautiful illustration from 1921.

Beautiful, and informative. Not only were these scientists brilliant thinkers, they were talented artists. Don’t forget to share this story on Facebook by clicking below.

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Not Only Is This A Dream House, It’s Also Full Of Something Awesome.

This multi-million dollar mansion isn’t just a multi-million dollar mansion; it’s an automobile showroom, too. You technically don’t have to be a car lover to want to live in this dream home, but it sure would help.

The only way a car enthusiast could love this house more is if it had wheels. Then again, if you have any money leftover after purchasing it, you could probably arrange for such a thing (for an additional couple million, of course). Take a look at this car lover’s dream home, and you’ll never being able to look at another house the same way again.

(via izismile)

That’s certainly one way to get that new car smell inside of your house. Personally, I would have just bought one of those air-freshening cardboard trees, but it’s not like I entertain too often.

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